Grants & Open Calls
Open Call: Young Photographer Award
Open Call

Young Photographer Award

The Young Photographer Award is an educational award geared towards passionate emerging photographers looking to cultivate a career in documentary photography or photojournalism. The winner of the competition receives a DSLR camera and, together with the runners-up, gets an opportunity to participate in an intensive Mentorship Programme. The programme is designed to give young photographers a chance to learn more about photography with our bootcamp course as well as developing a documentary photography project under the guidance of an industry professional. The photographic outcomes of the mentees are exhibited in Kampala.
Deadline: August 1, 2020

Status: Closed


August 1, 2020 (11:59 PM, EST)


Submissions are closed.

Brief & Application Procedure

  • • All submissions are made via a Story uploaded from the Visura platform.
  • • The contest is restricted to Ugandan citizens, between 21 and 28 years of age.
  • • As part of your submission, written in English, you should include:
    1. - Your motivation, not less than 200 words. 
    2. - Your project proposal, that shouldn’t be less than 400 words. The proposed subject must be noteworthy  and original or, an original take on an old idea.
    3. - Portfolio.
  • • One proposal per photographer will be considered. In the case of multiple submissions being received from a single photographer only the first proposal received will be considered.
  • • The project proposal is a concept note for a documentary project that you’d like to realise. 
  • • The portfolio should consist of up to 20 images taken by the applicant which will represent your photographic approach and interests. 
  • • While there will be no restrictions to technical quality of the images submitted, applicants are expected to submit their best quality images.
  • • Images must have accurate captions, written in English only, and contain adequate information which should include:
    1. - Description of who is in the photograph and what is going on within the photo.
    2. - Name of the place where the picture was made.
    3. - Provide the date the photo was made.
    4. - Captions must give context for what’s not seen (e.g. the scene of walking pilgrims).
  • • Only submissions uploaded via the entry website by the August 1st 2020 deadline will be accepted.
  • • The applications will be reviewed by a jury who will select the winner and two runners-up who will be invited to participate in the 2020 mentorship programme.
  • Notice: Any correspondence with judges pertaining to the judging process will be grounds for disqualification.
  • • The winner of the competition will be announced in October, 2020.